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I want to learn how to use a hand plane.Any suggestions on a good place to start.

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#1 posted 532 days ago

Using one or setting one up for use is two issues.
Google can offer a bunch of vids about use.


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#2 posted 532 days ago

this would be my first step:

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 532 days ago

The Garret Hack book is awesome. I’d also recommend this DVD:

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#4 posted 532 days ago

This thread will put you way ahead of the learning curve.

Great advice above as well.

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#5 posted 532 days ago

St. Roy of Underhill and The Schwarz offer a well rounded introduction to hand plane basics in this episode.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - -

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#6 posted 532 days ago

Definitely spend some time learning to set up your plane properly and sharpen it reasonably well, but then just get some scrap wood and go use it. Then when you’ve gotten some experience, go watch some more videos or read some more. It will all make a lot more sense after some practice and then you can repeat the cycle and keep improving your skills. That worked great for me. All I had was a jack plane and no try square at the time, but I made some shavings and worked towards making a piece of firewood four square. I did split some off first. I found lots of good videos on youtube and the Woodwrights Shop video mentioned above was a great start too. Paul Sellers’ stuff is excellent as well.

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#7 posted 532 days ago

Thanks for the help.I knew some basics now i know more.This was very helpful,now i need a better plane.

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